When should I test and/or how often should I test?
There are so many different opinions out there so we have decided to give you some information on what we do and also provide you with some excellent resources that we feel are based in science and testing.
When I am testing, this is not everyday but these are the times and why I like to test.
I like to test my ketones first thing in the morning before breakfast, as generally they are at their lowest, and that gives me a baseline for the day. The second time for testing is just before my evening meal when generally they are at their highest. In addition to those times I do curiosity testing, That is before a meal and at 40, 80 and 120 mins after eating to see what foods can make a difference.
Generally I find that glucose strips are a good indicator of a food trigger as blood sugar changes far more rapidly than ketones (ketones are slow to move and sometimes its what happened the day before that matters most) . In such when investigating foods my go to sleuthing tool is the glucose test. Same protocol as before. That is before a meal and at 40, 80 and 120 mins after eating to see what foods can make a difference.
Below is a list of people and websites. You will find differing opinions here. If you start checking these folks out as well as search Facebook for groups to join with other ketogenic folks you will likely find the info you are looking for.
Jason Fong, MD (fasting expert)
Andreas Eenfeldt, MD https://www.dietdoctor.com
Eric Sodicoff, MD
Domonic D'Agostino https://ketonutrition.org/
Professor Tim Noakes https://thenoakesfoundation.org/
Miriam Kalamian, CNS https://www.dietarytherapies.com/
Dave Feldman http://cholesterolcode.com/
Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD & Jeff Volek, PhD, RD https://www.virtahealth.com/